In a bid to attract a newer audience, England and Wales Cricket Board has introduced The Hundred, which is set to begin this week. The new format will also see each innings having getting completed in 100 balls.
And to appeal to the demographic and generate the interest of the audience, the commentators have been told to elaborate the meaning of cricketing terms rather than just naming the terms. The commentators will have to explain the meaning of terms like ‘googly’, ‘yorker’ and ‘bouncer’.
Bryan Henderson, Sky’s Head of Cricket, told Telegraph Sport:
“We veer towards more coverage of elite sport (than the BBC) but what we want to get away from is dressing room speak. Terminology like ‘bowling it into the pitch’ might need more of an explanation and commentators might have to challenge each other a bit. But we don’t want to dumb down. It is about simplifying the game but keeping it classy.”
Both the networks which are broadcasting the tournament have categorically instructed to simply the meaning of all the cricketing terms and not to use any terms which might be unknown to the newer audience. Following the end of the prescribed set of deliveries, instead of an over-conclusion, it will just be a ‘change of end’.
“The first innings it will be runs scored, balls faced. Second innings, it will be runs required and balls left so you will not hear things like 130 for two“.Bryan Henderson
The men’s and women’s games of The Hundred tournament will run simultaneously, beginning on July 21 with a women’s match between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals at The Oval. The men’s competition will begin on July 22 at the same venue.
Each team will play eight matches, with the top two sides to advance to the final. Lord’s will host both the men’s and women’s finals on August 21.